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Chuck River Wilderness

General Contacts Area Management Wilderness Laws

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Chuck River Wilderness (map) in 1990 and it now has a total of 74,506 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Alaska and is managed by the Forest Service. The Chuck River Wilderness is bordered by the Tracy Arm-Fords Terror Wilderness to the northeast.

Description

Located at the head of Windham Bay approximately 70 miles southeast of Juneau, this small Wilderness is adjacent to the Tracy Arm Fords Terror Wilderness. The Chuck River flows from its headwaters near Port Houghton northward through dense riparian forest with thick vegetation before emptying into Windham Bay where the historic Chuck Mining Camp once operated. There is private land in the lower river and in portions of the bay where there was once a small settlement.

Windham Bay is a protected anchorage for boaters using Stephens Passage. Elevations range from sea level to about 5,000 feet on the eastern boundary. The Chuck River is a major producer of salmon, especially pink salmon. Black bears, wolves and mountain goats are known to live in the forested mountains. There are no trails along the Chuck River that remain open for travel.

Planning to Visit the Chuck River Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Chuck River Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.



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